Community Leadership

Sometimes, community issues arise that no one organization can tackle on its own. We try to connect people and help them work together to make progress on common goals. In 2019, DCCF has launched two new community initiatives to bring people together to improve the lives of Douglas County citizens.

The first initiative is plans for a series of three community conversations around issues that impact the health, future, and well-being of all citizens of Douglas County.  As part of our mission to improve the lives of Douglas County citizens through charitable action, DCCF will be convening nonprofit, business and government leaders, university faculty, and philanthropists for conversations about how we can all make progress toward three local concerns: housing, food insecurity and personal health, and behavioral health.

All members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend these conversations. More information will be available on the DCCF website, and in the Lawrence-Journal World.

Housing: April 24, 2019 – 5:30PM – 7:30PM Lawrence Public Library Auditorium
Food Security: June 27, 2019 – 5:30PM – 7:30PM Flory Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds
Behavioral Health: September 5, 2019 – 5:30PM – 7:30PM Theatre Lawrence

The second initiative is Leadership Douglas County.  In 2019, DCCF, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, the Entrepreneur Community Group of Douglas County, and Leadership Lawrence together launched the first Leadership Douglas County class. Comprised of twenty-two active community members from Baldwin City, Eudora, and Lecompton, the class of 2019 will spend four sessions sharpening their leadership skills using principles developed by the Kansas Leadership Center, while networking and engaging with their peers from surrounding communities.

DCCF  also played a leading role in the start-up of the LiveWell Lawrence coalition, which has worked since 2008 to turn around rising rates of lifestyle-related chronic disease in Douglas County. Today, LiveWell is an active coalition of 150 members working in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and public spaces to make it easier for people to eat healthy foods, be physically active, and live tobacco-free.

If you are concerned about a community issue or see an opportunity for positive change, please contact our professional staff. We will do our best to connect you to people and resources that will help you make progress toward your goal.


Douglas County Community Foundation
900 Massachusetts, Suite 406
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-843-8727
Fax: 785-843-8735